Baston stick fighting, also known as Arnis, Eskrima, or Kali, originates from the Philippines and has a rich history that dates back centuries.
It evolved as a practical self-defence system developed by the Filipino people to protect themselves against invaders and opponents. The art incorporates indigenous Filipino martial arts, as well as influences from neighboring Southeast Asian countries and Spanish colonial rule.
With its focus on weapon-based combat using sticks, blades, and improvised weapons, Baston stick fighting emphasizes efficiency, adaptability, and practicality in real-life combat situations. Today, it is practiced and respected as a cultural treasure and a symbol of the martial heritage of the Philippines.